More than just events. We create movements that reach every aspect of an industry. Our hackathons bring together the tech innovators and industry experts to solve problems. Our hackathons take place in cool and exciting locations - from train carriages across Europe to mounting cable cars in Hong Kong making them an experience never to be forgotten!

From a problem on a Friday to a tangible solution by Sunday.

The Challenge

A curious 25 year old entrepreneur living in the north of England simply asked "Why?”.

Why did the train company not tell him in advance his train was running 30 minutes late? Why was the train’s WiFi constantly cutting in and out? Why were trains so drastically different depending on the time of day?

It was by asking “Why” hundreds of times over an 8-month period that our Founder, River Tamoor Baig, realized the rail industry was far more complex than he (and the general public) could ever imagine.

River felt called to bring about change in the colossal 200 year old rail industry, but he knew he couldn’t do it alone.

The Solution

So, River put pen to paper and began etching out a solution. While at first, he wasn’t for certain what that solution would look like, he knew a few problems the solution would have to solve.

For one, the solution needed to dispel the myth of rail technology being costly, laborious to create, and impossible to implement.

Two, the solution needed to reignite the flames that initially made UK the world’s leader in transport innovation.

And, three, the solution needed to prove to the world that innovation can best be achieved through collaboration.

Driving forward
innovation within
rail industry.

And so, the HackTrain was born.

River’s HackTrain would focus on driving forward innovation within the rail industry through collaboration. During a 48-hour Hackathon, tech innovators, startups, government, asset managers and train operators would come together and solve some of the industry’s biggest problems.

Fast-forward 3 short years and the initiative has successfully put innovation on the agenda of every board meeting. And, government and industry are investing more than ever before on new trains, technology, and ways of working.

Our hackathons have real impact

Rail and tech professionals have attended HackTrain events over the last 3 years.

Prototypes have been built across 7 events.

Regulations have been changed making it easier to innovate in rail for entrepreneurs.

Case Study

MTR are one of the best transport operators in the world when it comes to performance with 99.9% of journeys on-time. Everyday 5.6million in Hong Kong rely on their services. Despite continued growth and improvements they wanted to do even better when it came to station management, passenger analytics, and fleet performance.

They challenged Hack Partners to help them do this by analysing data and exploring the use of new technologies such as AR/VR, smart sensors, and more.

HackTrain HK

Even the best in the
world need to innovate.

Hack Partners worked closely with MTR’s Corporate Strategy team to identify key challenges the business was facing across its commercial, station, and engineering departments that could be solved via a hackathon. 40 of the very best technical innovators from Hong Kong and Europe were handpicked to take part in the event. The participants were then given 48-hours to develop prototypes that solved the challenges whilst travelling on the MTR in Hong Kong.

The Outcome

10 functioning prototypes created in a weekend

MTR saw the creation of several solutions that could improve operational efficiency, increase revenue, and decrease safety related incidents. The hackathon became the catalyst that helped MTR make strategic decisions on innovation and technology. This resulted in them launching their own startup accelerator programme where multiple pilots have been ran in live environments.